Draft Proposal for a PEOPLES PARTNERSHIP to help strengthen Barbados in its IMF negotiations and to pave the way for a New Economy

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, President, Clement Payne Movement

In the months and years immediately ahead of us, our country — Barbados — will be facing the dual but inter-related tasks of dealing with the IMF and revamping our model of national development.

As is to be expected, our newly elected Government will take the lead on these two crucial national tasks, but it is critical that we — the people of Barbados — do not simply sit back and leave it all up to our Government !

Indeed, we need to mobilize and organize ourselves to develop, advocate for, and commence the implementation of initiatives that demonstrate that a properly mobilized and energized Barbados is capable of solving its economic problems without the imposition on it of negative, anti-people , inhumane austerity measures.

We need to create a national Network whose mission would be to demonstrate that we — the Barbadian people — are capable of undertaking the primary responsibility for developing our own nation, and of creating a new economy that is much more locally owned and people-based and controlled.

Indeed, the mere mobilization of a credible effort to embark upon this type of mission will send a very powerful message to the IMF and will immeasurably strengthen our Government in its negotiations with that international financial institution. And most importantly — it will provide our Government with an objective basis for believing that whether we receive the foreign financial assistance we are requesting or not, that our country and its people possess the fortitude, commitment, and talent to work our way through the crisis that we currently face.

Yes, Barbados already has a “Social Partnership” comprising the top leadership of Government, Private Sector Business, and the Trade Unions, but what we are proposing is a more “grassroots” type Network that is much more people-based, and that is unapologetically based on the notion of a molilized and empowered citizenry rising to the task of sensibly sorting out our national problems and undertaking primary responsibility for taking the country forward.

We are therefore envisaging a “People’s Partnership” comprising trade unions and their members, farmers, fisherfolk, wayside and market vendors, students, youth organizations, cultural workers, artistes, academics, manufacturers, environmentalists, sports clubs and associations, credit unions, cooperatives, churches that practice the Social Gospel and the preferential option for the poor,small businesses, community-based organizations, craft-people, women’s organizations, parent-teacher associations, old scholar associations, relevant professional organizations such as the Association of Social Workers, service clubs, teachers, and medical practitioners.

We further envisage such a “People’s Partnership” developing, advocating, and –where possible — commencing upon the implementation of such initiatives as :-

  • a “Buy and Support Local” campaign;
  • a national energy conservation effort;
  • an organized national effort to transition to solar energy;
  • a national food production and consumption programme;
  • an effort to bring idle lands into agricultural production;
  • a national programme of philanthropic contributing to critical institutions such as the QEH;
  • a national effort to revamp the Public Service and Statutory Corporations;
  • a national campaign to strengthen our trade unions and our people’s support for our trade unions;
  • a national Employee Share Ownership Programme (ESOP);
  • the construction of a Cooperative or People’s sector of the economy;
  • new national commitment to support small and community-based businesses;
  • a national effort to establish a foreign exchange earning Education industry;
  • a collaborative effort to construct our own Cultural or Arts-based industries;
  • a community-based anti-littering and environment protection effort;
  • a national community-based governance programme;
  • a programme to invest representatives of the community-based governance system with the authority to oversee or “police” government agencies that provide critical services to the public;
  • a public education and consciousness-raising effort aimed at eradicating corruption and wastage in the public sphere;
  • new initiatives in Tourism development that are based on the participation, heritage and culture of our people;
  • new initiatives in Sports, Cultural, Health and Heritage Tourism based on popular participation and ownership;
  • new initiatives in developing Manufacturing industry based on a cooperative approach and on elevated standards of education and training of our people;
  • a new and enhanced engagement with our Barbadian / Caribbean diaspora;
  • new initiatives in life-style enhancement and disease prevention;
  • a public educational effort to promote responsible and sustainable individual and organizational practices;
  • development of a comprehensive national consciousness about the need to conserve foreign exchange or reserve it for essential imports;
  • new anti-crime and anti- social deviance efforts;
  • new school support efforts;
  • a comprehensive effort to revamp our national philosophy of education in order to produce an ever-increasing cohort of young intellectually prepared and trained nation builders rooted in a deep understanding of and commitment to their country;
  • new outreach and relationship-building initiatives directed at our CARICOM and wider Caribbean brothers and sisters;

and the list goes on.

It is against this background that we would now like to invite you and other representatives of your organization to a Discussion Meeting on ________ the __ day of June 2018 at the Clement Payne Cultural Centre, Crumpton Street, Bridgetown, commencing at ____ AM / PM.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss this proposal for a “People’s Partnership” network; to determine to what extent your organization may wish to participate or undertake a leading role in this new initiative; and to generally map out a strategy for taking the initiative forward.

Please respond and give us your feedback to this Proposal at clementpaynechambers@gmail.com.

103 comments

  • i have tasted the muffins at the coffee shop and the and the cement facility is the flour plant

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  • Next Mia just like last govt strapped for cash would be force to sell two other govt liabilties the Hilton and the Barbados national oil terminal
    Two liabilities that taxpayers monies have to sustained which also would be seen as a smoke and mirror policy to avoid IMF proposals of further taxation on the people
    Only this time fast or slow all her offerings soon to come would revealed a woman who felt entitled and desperate to become PM used all any method even if having to deceive the populace by way of beliving she could make better after offering bitter

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  • “In time to come”
    – Will they tell us the status of the former Commissioner of Inland Revenue?
    – Will they tell us the status of the former acting Supervisor of Insurance?

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  • Is this peoples partnership for the poor and privileged of just the poor…

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  • Very informative article and comments.

    However, I am having some difficulty reconciling the DC prior to May 24 with the DC we mow see.
    I do not yet have the same level of love and admiration for this DC and I have to wait until he fully emerges from this cocoon to see if this is the same DC.

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  • “These are the kinds of questions Enuff and ilk should be posing in order to get suitable answers.”

    Yeah Enuff…why are you not asking or answering these questions.

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  • RE: THE HYATT CASE Please find attached hereto the Affidavit of Peter Stevens, President of the Barbados National Trust which was filed on 9th August 2017 in relation to the Hyatt matter. Please pay particular attention to paragraphs 5, 7, 8, 16, 17,18, and 19 of the Affidavit Regards DAVID COMISSIONG

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  • “Located at 10 Trinity Square, the Church of the Holy Trinity is surrounded by the Toronto Eaton Centre on the north, south, and east sides, a Marriott hotel and the Ted Rogers School of Management to the northwest, and the office building known as Bell Trinity Square to the southeast.

    The original Eaton Centre construction plans called for the church to be demolished as well, but the parishioners successfully resisted and forced the mall’s design to be changed.”

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  • David you are now seen as a political yardfowl of the highest order
    Why are you not dealing with the twisted and tainted olive branch thrown the blp way by the notorious wolf in sheep’s clothing david Comissiong
    The only items pretaining to the subject matter of the Hyatt is David Commissiong close association relative to his family ties to Mia and his motives which could have influenced his olive branch decision making and generate more of him feasting off the bony calf.
    Just like you Commisiong needs to be closely watch

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  • IN The NUT SHELL, Try Seeing Pass the Rhetoric to the Ulterior Motive.

    Once you learn about Communist Tactics you can read and understand their Hidden Intentions.

    Once you know the Source you know Commie Sing Song is not about doing good, it is all Camouflage.
    A Bitter Fountain Does Not Bring Forth Sweet Water.

    He does Not Hide his Support of the Venezuelan Government who is Starving their people.

    There is No Communist Country that believes in Democracy but will use the same to gain POWER and then REMOVE it. All this talk about the people deciding is SUBTERFUGE. A Bitter Fountain Does NOT Bring Forth Sweet Water. My Spouse has a saying referring to leftist that “Even When They Tell the Truth They Lie Because They Seek to Deceive”!

    The Whole Issue here was Commie Sing Song Frustrating the Process of this Development so that the Hyatt Investors would pack up and leave the project leaving the Bajan Entrepreneur with his losses. He invested what was his not yours and not mine.

    David Comissiong in his own words
    June 23, 2018 1:00 AM

    (See Commie Sing Song’s Motive & Objective Revealed here)…
    “And, of course, if the Court cancels the permission Maloney will lose all of the resources he would have put into commencing the project.”

    Commie Sing Song Sly Mongoose the Pied Piper. All out of his own Mouth and the Intents of his Heart.

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  • Well well
    I am not asking these questions because not even a month has passed since the election. However, the government has met with the IMF (twice), IADB, Social Partnership (at least three times) and others. In contrast, Thompson fired employees, cancelled contracts and pushed lies. In the end, the decisions all turned out to be rushed and resulted in lost lawsuits and 30-0. I don’t expect silence, but at least be cogent and reasonable with the arguments, and present some numbers based on evidence. I am not a fan of the emotive and “I feel” approach to debate on public policy.

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  • Enuff of course whsy u expect is for all and sundry to follow the narrative laid out by the blp yardfowls.Oh.No that is not going to happen. From day ine Mia has show a direction which has all but divorce itself of the mandate of low taxation to the people and has all but revived what the the state of more taxation while delivering it in huge amounts to the people
    The reason why the people ssud enuff was enuff to past govt

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  • Enuff of course whsy u expect is for all and sundry to follow the narrative laid out by the blp yardfowls.Oh.No that is not going to happen. From day ine Mia has show a direction which has all but divorce itself of the mandate of low taxation to the people and has all but revived what the the state of more taxation while delivering it in huge amounts to the people
    The reason why the people ssud enuff was enuff to past govt

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  • Enuff…I am very fair in my assessments and there is no comparison in the way Mia is handling the people’s business in 30 short days compared to how the cockups the now defunct exgovernment excelled at and ruined everything they touched and made it sour in 10 years.

    That is not the issue with Mia, as things stand her fingers are on the pulse of everything that needs an overhaul, as it should be, the pace is right and she is lighting the appropriate fires to march forward priorities, there is no criticism on my end on that proactive approach, really, you can sleep well tonight…she is not the problem.

    The problem will be those who will see no need to rush through changes and no need for radical changes as long as it benefits them financially….those are the ones being earmarked to be capsized and exposed, by whatever means necessary.

    Those are the ones being very closely watched and in the coming weeks will reveal themselves because that is all they have known for decades.

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  • Same today as yesterday…

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  • Clearly you can see…

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  • Are you seeing it

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  • With no opposition there is only one govt and that got can do as dam well as it pleases and as close and in reach as a country can come to a dictatorship
    The optics if these PR stunts are those of brain washing the masses into acceptance
    Many already have been indoctrinated into an opinion that opposites views does not help govt to succeed
    However sucesss is not defined by a political propaganda machine with daily tactics to close the eyes and the mouth of a people who dare say different

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  • @BEAUTIFUL BEIGE June 22, 2018 4:40 PM “Turn off the TV, stop playing video games (the World Health Organization has declared they are addictive and persons suffering from the addiction will need some form of therapy). Throw way the cell phones loads of research regarding their being the cause of cancer and infertility

    Haven’t watched TV in years. Have NEVER played a video game. Have a cell phone, but still fertile as a bunny.

    Still don’t share your right wing views.

    It would really help if you would stay off alt-right American websites.

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  • @Mariposa June 23, 2018 5:02 PM “With no opposition there is only one govt and that got can do as dam well as it pleases and as close and in reach as a country can come to a dictatorship The optics if these PR stunts are those of brain washing the masses into acceptance.”

    Dear Mariposa: If the DLP was not able to brainwash the masses in 10 years, why are you so certain that the BLP can do it in ten weeks?

    And who the RH you calling “the masses” anyhow?

    We are not the masses, we are not sheeple. We are not brass bowls. We are not stupid.

    Ask Ado. We bre’k, but we int stupid.

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  • @Guest June 23, 2018 9:41 AM Will Government default on its debt to pensioners to pay for tax waivers given to tax defaulters?”

    And what if some of those pensioners are also tax defaulters?

    Just asking.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lol….keep dem out, never let dem back in, they do not deserve to touch taxpayer’s money ever again..many constituency offices that have just been sitting there for years collecting free taxpayer’s money while doing absolutely nothing, like Enuff’s friend Rolerick in Simple’s 5 minute walk area, will have to look for private funding to continue that scam.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/170049/dlp-cut

    “DLP cut off
    SANKA PRICE,

    Added 23 June 2018

    It’s a case of no seats, no money for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

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    Because of the 30-nil drubbing it received in the May 24 General Election, the party can no longer benefit from the $150 000 it received annually from Parliament for the last 21 years.

    That money, which is paid quarterly, is part of the $300 000 subvention set aside for political parties which have elected members of Parliament. The sum is intended to assist these organisations with their daily administration costs.c

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    As I have said on many occasions and this is not only confined to Barbados, but many people do not know how and on whom their tax dollars are spent and wasted nor fir how long, if you dont know you dont know….the policies put in place to relieve taxpayers of their money.

    “Eastmond said the Management Commission of Parliament, established by that act, was responsible for implementing this policy.

    This same policy stipulates the payments of up to $1 200 per month for each constituency office, as well as the salary of a constituency assistant attached to each Member of Parliament.

    When asked how the absence of this $150 000 annual subvention would impact the operations of the DLP, general secretary George Pilgrim said he preferred not to comment on internal party matters.”

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  • Many national policies can be implemented to help our current situation but you spoke of a new economy.
    Any new economy must set its parameters around current and future global trends.
    Current trends are pointing to digital economies in Business, Home, Health and Beauty and lifestyles using technologies that support there four basic tenets of society.
    Everything is going digital, incorporating technology. Brick and mortar stores is being replace by online stores, ..they are being replaced by product pages while affilates are driving the traffic on the web

    The sooner we become educated about new digital economies and get ahead of the curve, the country will be found wanting.
    Cryto currencies are being established, platforms for control of aspects of digital economies is a must. It is global engagement, the returns are unimaginable.

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  • Not quite finished… Still some work to be done.
    http://newdigitaleconomies.com

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  • The thing is, barbadians can flood the globe with websites with BAJAN PRODUCTS

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